Monongalia Emergency Medical Services (Mon EMS) provides more than an ambulance ride.
They’re the bicyclists in the stadium parking lot on game day. They’re on the rail trail during a 5-k bandaging a sprained ankle. They’re on a rescue boat in the middle of Cheat Lake responding to a boating accident. They’re cutting trapped patients out of their cars after a motor vehicle accident. Mon EMS crews do everything except fight fires.
Mon EMS provides emergency services to all of Monongalia County 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year.
In celebration of National EMS week, May 15 through 21, Mon Health System would like to commend the men and women of Mon EMS. They respond to approximately 15,000 emergencies annually and complete more than 13,000 patient transports to local hospitals. They’re also present for hundreds of community events throughout the year.
Mon Health System purchased Mon EMS from the county in 1982. Mon General Hospital is the only hospital in North Central West Virginia with a full Chest Pain Center Accreditation
, and the Mon EMS squad is integral to this designation. Emergency cardiac care begins when a Mon EMS ambulance responds to a 911 call for chest pain. Once on the scene, advanced equipment determines if a heart attack has occurred. The information is transmitted directly to Mon General’s Emergency Department while the patient is in route, saving time when seconds count.
Mon EMS has an assortment of rescue vehicles and equipment at the ready for any emergency. These include: 15 ambulances, two ATVs, a rescue motor boat, 6 bicycles, a heavy rescue truck and a utility truck.
As impressive as the equipment might be, the success of Mon EMS is all about the people – the first responders who keep us safe in an emergency. The team currently consists of 55 full and part-time employees.
To help Mon EMS respond to emergencies quickly and safely, the emergency responders encourage the public to adhere to the following recommendations:
When yielding to an emergency vehicle, pull to the right. If you are unable to pull to the right, just come to a stop and do not move. Please do not continue driving.
Complete the emergency information on your cell phone so that it can be accessed during an emergency. Emergency responders can access this information, even if your phone is locked.
Know your address and location.
Clearly mark your residence with a house number.
Keep a list of your medications and/or medical conditions.
First responders also recommend completing a CPR course. In many cases, administering CPR immediately can mean the difference between life and death.
If you’re interested in a career with Mon EMS, visit MonGeneral.com/Careers.